I must confess that, for me as someone who writes about basketball, this is a difficult time of year. One of my least favorite elements of sports journalism is the feverish rumor-mongering and scoop chasing that goes on around the draft and the trade deadline. After all, its hard to have anything substantial to say about information that is really nothing more than a whisper in the wind. If we really want to know how it turns out, all we need to do is just wait until Thursday when (nearly) everything will be illuminated.
At the same time, though, its hard to resist our own curiosity and fascination at what is probably the essential, decisive annual moment of Timberwolves fanhood. And the rumors are certainly afoot. Names like Pau Gasol, DeMar DeRozan and Javale McGee have all been floated, rescinded, revived. There has been talk of Derrick Williams (obvs), but also Kyrie Irving (should Cleveland snap up Williams), Enes Kanter (should the Wolves trade down) and others. This is a crucial moment and nobody knows whats going to happen. Its an effing mystery.
Concurrent with this is the ongoing Kurt Rambis fiasco. Its been reported that the cause for the long delay in deciding Rambis’ fate is the fact that David Kahn had asked Rambis to prepare an exhaustive report on his planned changes for next season. Well, the two have apparently finally met to discuss said report and a decision would appear to be forthcoming. In the meantime, Dwane Casey (who was my hope for Rambis’ replacement should the axe belatedly fall) is reportedly off to Toronto, Larry Brown is evidently offering his services (wow, what a terrible idea that would be) and the Wolves once again appear heading toward a draft without a head coach. Is it just me, or is this getting kind of stupid?
Here is my one question about this: how is it that Kahn, who supposedly communicated closely with Rambis throughout the year (which, remember, is really long and offers ample evidence from which to make judgements), would not already know Rambis’ plans? If this really is all about basketball and not just a ploy to save money during the lockout, how can it possibly be this difficult to make this decision? Sigh.